Almost every bottle of English and Welsh wine entered in the Decanter World Wine Awards 2012 succeeded in gaining a medal or commendation. This result made the UK the most successful region, judged by the percentage of entries winning a medal in the international competition, comfortably beating Old and New world producers.
Eighty-nine percent of English and Welsh wines won a medal in the competition, which attracted 14,120 wines this year. The best mainstream producer was New Zealand which achieved 92%. The October issue of influential consumer wine magazine Decanter contains the results which showed some 85 medals and commendations made to some 95 English and Welsh wine bottles entered.
Decanter’s managing editor Amy Wislocki is convinced that English and Welsh wine’s success at the awards reflects significant advances in the standards of wine grown and produced in the UK. She says: “In my view, this is an achievement that UK growers can be very proud of and a reflection of the huge increase in quality – particularly in sparkling wines – that we have seen over the past few years.”
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